Fernandes ‘to choose £71m Man Utd switch’ over Liverpool move

Joe Williams
Bruno Fernandes Sporting Lisbon

Manchester United are inching closer to signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes amid Liverpool interest, according to reports.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for midfield reinforcements and the Portuguese playmaker fits the bill at Old Trafford.

However, reports from Portugal on Tuesday emerged claiming Liverpool have made a £40m offer for Fernandes and have strong hopes they can cash in on United’s dalliance.

The former Udinese and Sampdoria man scored or assisted 50 goals in 53 appearances this season in the Primeira Liga – and has an €80m (£71m) exit clause in his contract.

According to the latest update from Record, the player’s agent has held talks with Sporting over his client’s future and is apparently set on taking his client to Old Trafford.

Fernandes himself has previously hinted he would favour a move to Liverpool to work under Jurgen Klopp, saying he prefers their playing style to that of Manchester City.

“I like Liverpool a lot more (than City), it’s a more direct, more offensive, maybe less organised, but more intense football, when you do not have the ball possession you are more intense,” he told Record.